The All Age service has already become something of a special event at St Philips because it features the junior choir and is followed by the bake sale, however, we are working on making it even better. Erica led a parent’s meeting last month in which we focused on the role of our younger parishioners in the all age service. A number of suggestions were put forward including:
- Preparation with the children to enable them to make a musical contribution to the service.
- Devising related activities for the children during the service.
- Extending the parents rota to include parent helpers at the all age service.
Do you have any suggestions for the all age services? If so have a chat to Erica or David. Our next all age service (complete with Junior Choir and Bake sale) is on the 15th June.
If you are in year 6 or above, come and join us at St Philip’s Church for a free movie night. The film will be “Life of Pi”. A young man survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor…a fearsome Bengal tiger. Come at 5pm grab a slice and find out what happens to him.
You are invited to the annual general meeting of the Kensington Council of Churches on Tuesday 10th June 2014, at 7.00pm. It is at St Mary Abbot’s Vicarage Garden (if wet in the Centre’s Long Room, St Mary Abbot’s Centre Vicarage Gate). Vicarage Gate is off Kensington Church Street. There will be “Bring and Share” refreshments for after the meeting.
In addition to ensuring the building is clean and tidy, Sean is responsible for arranging the layout for all our services and has helped with clearing out much of the clutter that had built up in St Philip’s over the years. We thank him for his contribution to our church, which has helped us become a leaner and more efficient operation, and we wish him well in the future.
The good news is that on 6 May our new caretaker/cleaner will arrive in the shape of Sean Collins, who lives in Shepherds Bush and brings wide experience of the role.
I am currently Director of Ministry for the Diocese of London and have been working in the field of ministry and parish development for around 16 years, first alongside parish ministry and for the last nine years in a full time capacity. As a Church of England priest I have been vicar of two parishes; for ten years in Stoke Newington, Hackney and subsequently for seven years in Twickenham, following a curacy in Bethnal Green. I trained for the Church’s ministry at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. Before ordination I worked as a manager in the Health Service. I gained an MA in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College in 1993 and was awarded a Doctor of Ministry and Theology from King’s College London in 2010; my thesis focussed on the professional development of clergy. In my late fifties, I am married to Debbie and we have two teenage children.
As Director of Ministry I am responsible for the policy and strategy for clergy and lay ministerial training and development, and parish development across London Diocese (around 1,000 clergy and 480 parishes). I coordinate a team of around 30 full- and part-time officers with professional ministry responsibilities. I also undertake a variety of ministry and parish consultancy, including working with parishes on Mission Action Planning and strategic development, residential work with clergy at significant points in ministry and undertaking training and development courses.
Developing in Ministry: A Handbook for Effective Christian Learning and Training (SPCK. 2012)
Parish History Audits co-authored with John Maiden (Grove Booklets. 2012)
Chapter on Chairing Meetings in Developing Faithful Ministers: A Theological and Practical Handbook edited by Timothy J.M. Ling and Lesley Bentley (SCM. 2012)
- What good habits should we foster?
- What habits might we let go?
- And what are our waymarkers, as we devise a new map of life for ourselves.
This workshop, aimed at those aged 60 and over (although all are welcome), is presented by Ann Morisy, of the Project for Seniors and Lifelong Ministry (PSALM). It is on Tuesday May 20, 2014, 1.30pm-4pm at St Mary Abbots Centre, Vicarage Gate W8 4HN. Cost to attend: £5 Refreshments provided. For more information, or to register, speak to Jenny Welsh 020 7937 2364.
.A new boys’ secondary school will be opening in Fulham this September. The school has the support of the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Kensington and of business, sporting and media groups. It aims to provide the following:
- Teaching methods designed to raise achievement for boys
- High standards of pastoral care
- An academic curriculum
- An education geared to developing entrepreneurial flair, skills and habits
- Sport central to school life
- A wide range of co-curricular and vocational activities
- A powerful partnership between school, parents and community
- Firm discipline, clear boundaries and high standards of uniform, behaviour, attendance
The school still has some places available for this September and would be keen to welcome boys from Christian homes and churches. There is a 7 minute video clip on the school website www.fulhamboysschool.org that gives a flavour of what the school is about.
Come along to the school office for a cup of tea and talk with the headmaster, Alun Ebenezer, at 4.30pm on Thursday 15 May, Tuesday 10 June, and Tuesday 8 July. Please call the school office to book: 07512 118012